The Coming Triumph of the Free World: Stories

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"DeMarinis is a wizard shaking to its literary roots the short-story genre."—Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
Rick DeMarinis possesses a power and an originality unique in contemporary American fiction. The Coming Triumph of the Free World, his second story collection, puts his flamboyant gifts on display: an amazing verbal energy, a blackly comic vision of the world as an immense booby trap, and a technical virtuosity that modulates from down-and-dirty realism to fractured fable ...

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"DeMarinis is a wizard shaking to its literary roots the short-story genre."—Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
Rick DeMarinis possesses a power and an originality unique in contemporary American fiction. The Coming Triumph of the Free World, his second story collection, puts his flamboyant gifts on display: an amazing verbal energy, a blackly comic vision of the world as an immense booby trap, and a technical virtuosity that modulates from down-and-dirty realism to fractured fable to surreal and searing visions of madness.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Compelling, incendiary concoctions . . . the kind of collection lesser writers yearn to create and readers long to return to.— Denise Gess
New York Times Book Review
DeMarinis is a contemporary avatar of that tradition in American short story writing that, by way of Hawthorne, Melville, Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty and Cheever, is essentially religious and, because rooted in the everyday, comic. . . . His art, then, is comedy of a very high order.— Russell Banks
Los Angeles Times Book Review
These tales imply a chilly, brilliantly lit world on the brink of absolute darkness, chronicled with speedy, black-hearted élan.— Elizabeth Tallent
Denise Gess - Philadelphia Inquirer
“Compelling, incendiary concoctions . . . the kind of collection lesser writers yearn to create and readers long to return to.”
Russell Banks - New York Times Book Review
“DeMarinis is a contemporary avatar of that tradition in American short story writing that, by way of Hawthorne, Melville, Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty and Cheever, is essentially religious and, because rooted in the everyday, comic. . . . His art, then, is comedy of a very high order.”
Elizabeth Tallent - Los Angeles Times Book Review
“These tales imply a chilly, brilliantly lit world on the brink of absolute darkness, chronicled with speedy, black-hearted élan.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this gathering of astonishing tales by DeMarinis, whose blackly comic view of life has already been acclaimed (the 1986 Drue Heinz Prize for Under the Wheat), there is further evidence of his power to repel as well as attract. In the title story, the narrator, an alienated, out-of-work househusband who has an epiphany in the supermarket, delivers what might be the theme of the collection when he muses on ``. . . the black world around me, yoked to a rhythm it could neither escape nor follow, reeled helplessly by.'' The oblique world is inhabited by grotesques, like the fat woman with heavy thighs nicknamed ``Swift Premium'' by her unsympathetic husband ``Whopper,'' in ``Culture Shocks.'' It is a frightening place where a mysterious dog can break into the sleep of a troubled couple every morning at three with a bark ``like a shout from God,'' as in ``The Handgun.'' Disquieting, vibrant with anger and sadness, these stories throb with a surreal, insistent heartbeat. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393307467
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/1991
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick DeMarinis is a novelist and short story writer. He has taught at the University of Montana, San Diego State University, Arizona State University, and the University of Texas at El Paso. His stories have appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, GQ, The Paris Review, and The Iowa Review.

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